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These are some pics I took today of the pull-down spice rack (back when we had tiny spice bottles).
The hinges were rusted when we came back from overseas.



 

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It wouldn't be too hard to tackle that rust, and it would benefit the hinges.
The hinges are pretty sturdy, but I would like to get that rust off. Any suggestions on how? They look like they were brass (or at least some sort of brass finish-- mom likes that gold/brass color). The only similar hinges I saw for sale anywhere were $36 for a pair and aren't the same color, so I'd rather just clean them up if I can. All of our drawer pulls and door hinges are discolored now. I need to clean them all up and somehow remove the tarnish.
 

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That shelf is called drop down cookbook shelf and they are reasonable cheap, just replace it.
 
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I bought this house last year and although we liked the kitchen, I had to bend down to talk to folks who were in the den. We decided to rip out the upper cabinets, patched and textured the drywall, and added 3 pendant lights to give us a more open feeling.

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Neal, the ones I saw online were $80+ and were made of inferior materials. Mine is made of real oak (plus my father made it). I think I'd rather just clean it up.

Havasu, that looks great! The pendant lights are probably easier to reach to change the bulbs.

How easy is it to deal with the microwave? Is it hard to see into it with it up so high? It looks like it's slightly above the eye level of your pretty lady friend.
 

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Neal, the ones I saw online were $80+ and were made of inferior materials. Mine is made of real oak (plus my father made it). I think I'd rather just clean it up.

Havasu, that looks great! The pendant lights are probably easier to reach to change the bulbs.

How easy is it to deal with the microwave? Is it hard to see into it with it up so high? It looks like it's slightly above the eye level of your pretty lady friend.
I picked one up last year for $12, I called that store to see if they still had some, it turns out they had found a good supply of new old stock in the back of their warehouse and just blew them out cheap. They sell the hardware for $42.
 

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I picked one up last year for $12, I called that store to see if they still had some, it turns out they had found a good supply of new old stock in the back of their warehouse and just blew them out cheap. They sell the hardware for $42.
Ahh, that explains it. In the meantime, I sent the link to the hinges to my sister because she had wanted to have one of those pull-down things & didn't know where to find the hinges. Maybe next time I visit her I can make her one.
 

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Our kitchen. It used to be a kitchen, bathroom & pantry in this space.
 

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Ooh, I love the raised panel cathedral style cabinet doors! And the blue marbled wallpaper (is it wallpaper) on the lower parts of the walls is really nice. I love the rails on top of the cabinets. If mine didn't go all the way to the ceiling I'd have rails to make it harder for cats to knock stuff off. Is that a hanging microwave over a counter space? I have a microwave that just sits on the counter (and keeps sliding) and I wish that I had it attached to the underside of a cabinet or in a raised cubby with counter space below for prep.
The wallpaper up high with the little huts (is that what they are?) is cute!
Is that a decorative range hood cover over on the right? Got another pic of it from the front?
Nice table and chairs too. I like that style better than my own chairs.
 

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Thanks Zannej. The marble walls is my attempt at a denim look, at my wife's request. The kitchen before this was light blue, so I painted the bottom a darker blue and then dubbed the paint back off with old towels to get the 2 tone effect. This was the first room we worked on when we moved in late 80's. The wallpaper on the soffit is more of the 2 tone blue with boarder paper running through it. Wife likes bird houses. Table & chairs are 80's vintage also. The microwave sets in a cabinet.
 

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Nice transformation! The new cabinets are a lovely color.
 

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Thanks for putting them in the thread now, the transformation looks even better when you can compare the before and after.

Zeeya, that looks neat!
 
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